Hoddles Creek Estate was established in 1997 when the D'Anna family decided to establish a vineyard on the property that has been in the family since 1960. The vineyard sits astride Gembrook road and adjacent Hoddles Creek. Its steeply sloping blocks prohibit mechanical harvesting, with both vineyards being hand pruned and harvested. All wines are single vineyard and estate grown.
It's not a big wine in flavour terms but it's a powerful one. Don't ask me how that works; it's a vibe thing, a presence. Quartz, apple, pear, boiled lolly and seaspray notes with a (gentle) cider-like edge. There's texture here, in-built, not excessive, important. It has both brightness and brood. As impressive as it is it feels as though it's only just on its way, that its sleeves aren't yet rolled up, that it still has tricks hidden up there. Alcohol: 12.5%; Price: $35; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2026+; Rated: 93+ Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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